September 13, 2008
Have you ever heard the term Helicopter Parenting? DBF Michael asked me if I was being a helicopter parent with regards to something that had to do with my youngest son. This is a term for a person who pays extremely close attention to his or her child or children. They rush to prevent any harm or failure from befalling them or letting them learn from their own mistakes, sometimes even contrary to the children's wishes. They are so named because, like a helicopter, they hover closely overhead, rarely out of reach, whether their children need them or not. My question is, don't all parents do this? Why do they have to put "Helicopter" in front of parenting when your job as a parent is to protect your offspring's from harm? If a parent wasn't concerned about their child's well being, then I would be worried. Did you know that the rise of the cell phone is often blamed for the explosion of helicopter parenting? It's has been called "the world's longest umbilical cord." That makes me laugh. Yes, I know we survived our youth without cell phones but aren't they convenient when you want to know where your child is? I agree, some parents go above and beyond what they need to do in raising their kids. However, what's the alternative? Not caring? Its been proven that even though kids want their independence, they like the security of knowing that we are there for them. A child with no guidance ends up lost in the shuffle. So, maybe I am a Helicopter Parent but I could think of a lot worse things to be. Couldn't you?